Make it five.
North Webster running back and linebacker Devin White signed with LSU during a ceremony at his high school Friday afternoon, joining four other early enrollees and boosting the Tigers’ already top-ranked class.
White, a 6-foot, 258-pounder, is the fifth-best athlete in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. White is the latest highly regarded player to join a group of 20 commitments ranked No. 1 in the nation three weeks ahead of national signing day.
He gives LSU a fifth prospect expected to enroll next week. The list includes Florida cornerback Saivion Smith, Donaldsonville receiver Stephen Sullivan, John Ehret linebacker Michael Divinity and Texas receiver Dee Anderson.
Sullivan tweeted earlier this week that he moves into LSU on Sunday, and Smith’s father told The Advocate this week that he’ll be moved in by Monday. Divinity said Tuesday after signing with LSU that he’ll enroll next week for the start of classes Wednesday. Divinity plans to do the same.
White comes with some off-the-field troubles. He has been arrested twice since Nov. 20, according to The Shreveport Times and The Springhill Press.
He was last arrested Dec. 31 for misdemeanor charges of careless operation of a motor vehicle and flight from an officer. On Nov. 20, White was arrested and charged with misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile is committed when a person who is 17 or older has sex, with consent, with a person who is 13 or older but younger than 17 years old. The sex was consensual, according to police, the Shreveport Times reported.
The troubles didn’t affect White’s recruitment. He chose LSU among a host of other offers, including Arkansas, Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss. A total of 31 schools offered White, according to 247Sports.
White is the third of LSU’s five early enrollees ranked in the top five nationally at his position. Smith sits atop the class as the only consensus five-star player. He’s ranked the second-best cornerback, and Divinity is the fourth-best outside linebacker, according to 247Sports.
All three players — Divinity, Smith and White — could see early playing time. LSU is thin at linebacker, a position Divinity and White could excel at immediately. Smith could join a long list of true freshmen to gain early playing time in the secondary.
This season, the Tigers started rookie Kevin Toliver, an early enrollee. Freshman speedster Donte Jackson slipped into the rotation at times as the nickelback.
“That was very important to us when he chose the school: scheme, playing time,” said Anthony Smith, Saivion’s father. “We feel like the scheme that (secondary) coach (Corey) Raymond runs and the success he’s had at playing guys early and the depth chart, it kind of falls into place.”
Smith, a candidate to play LSU’s nickel position, returned kicks and punts at IMG Academy, a private high school and training/boarding facility for some of the nation’s best athletes. He is prepared to play on special teams immediately.
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